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Episode 140: Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

80daysIt's our "Race Around the World" pairing for the next two episodes, starting with the globetrotting Jules Verne story first put on film in 1956! "Around the World in 80 Days," directed by Michael Anderson and starring David Niven, Mexican superstar Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Newton, and featuring a veritable cavalcade of cameos, follows English gentleman's gentleman, Phileas Fogg (Niven), and his manservant, Passepartout (Cantinflas) as they accept a wager that one could travel around the world in but 80 days during the latter half of the 19th century. Along the way they run afoul of a Scotland Yard Inspector (Newton) and pick up a damsel in distress, the Indian princess Aouda, who accompanies them on the rest of their voyage. With a score by Victor Young, this Academy Award-winning film embodies the best of the "epic" films of the 50s and early 60s!

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